Chosen for the location, and having seen the mixed reviews we wondered what we would find!
It is a lovely location, down the drive, through the ruined arch to the hotel. Very peaceful and lovely gardens around and fields of sheep. We had booked a standard room but were put in a superior room as the owner explained that they shut part of the house in the Winter. It was a very cold day, but the room and bathroom were wonderfully warm and well heated. A very large bedroom with triple windows looking out over the drive. The bathroom was well equiped despite the rather strange shower screen arrangement, and had Molton Brown soap and bathrobes, but the towels were rather small. Plenty of hot water, shower was just about adequate.
There was a guest sitting room with open fire, which we did not use but looked comfortable if a little chilly. We did not eat in the hotel.
We had a good and blissfully quiet night. Woke up to snow the next morning which made everything look even more beautiful! Breakfast was in a lovely Wegewood blue room. It was a bit chilly but it was snowing! Breakfast was very ordinary. Coffee did not have much taste and the cooked part was nothing special, but the waitress was friendly and smiley.
We were offered de-icer for our car which was a nice touch.
This is an antiquated hotel. It has loads of character and lovely old furnishings. It is not a modern stylish place, if you want that go somewhere else. Yes, it could do with a bit of a face lift and the teddy bear in the bedroom is a bit strange, but if you don't mind a slighty frayed at the edges country house feel in a peaceful location, you could do a lot worse than stay here!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Hartforth Hall
- Hartforth Hall Hotel Richmond, Yorkshire